Hundreds of vehicles join Liberation Day motorcade

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ABOUT 500 vehicles joined the  74th Liberation Day motorcade on Saturday led by Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios, Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang and 2019 Liberation Queen Pernalynn Janet B. Camacho.

“Community members line up along the route,” the mayor said, as he thanked them for participating in the motorcade, which started at 1 p.m. at the former Mariana Resort  and then proceeded to the Airport Field in Dandan.

Event organizer Gary Sword of KKMP radio said when the lead of the motorcade arrived in Garapan, the tail was still at the starting point in Marpi.

It took two and a half hours to finish the motorcade, he added.

“There was no problem on the route and everybody enjoyed the motorcade,” Sword said.

About 400 vehicles parked in the Airport Field area where a giant screen was set up.

“Instead of clapping their hands to show appreciation vehicle owners blinked their lights and honked after each of the televised performances of the entertainers from Saipan, Rota and Tinian,” Sword said.


Some of the Saipan Mayor’s office staff members watch the Liberation Day festivities at the Airport Field on Saturday. Photo by Junhan B. Todino

“We maintained social distancing in the area,” he said, adding that organizers also provided canopies and tables for community members who wanted to watch performances outside their vehicles.

Gordon Marciano, one of the organizers, thanked the entertainers: the Baraha Band,  Saipan Man Antigu/Domatsui Warriors, Saipan Music and Dance Studio, Tasi and Alii’s, Untouchables/Fat Heads, Parker Yobei, Marvin Deleon Guerrero and Jay Babauta,

Erly Crisostomo, one of the community members who joined the festivities, said the program was “well-organized.”

“There’s a big difference, but we are still thankful to the organizers — at least we still celebrated Liberation Day,” she said.

Philippine honorary consular office volunteer Annamae Adaza said Filipino community members joined local residents in celebrating the CNMI Liberation Day.

“This is now the new normal and we have to embrace and accept it,” she said, referring to the “virtual” celebration at the Airport Field.

She also commended the organizers for holding a successful event.

Mayor Apatang, for his part, thanked the  sponsors: Marianas Visitors Authority, gold sponsor; McDonald's, Bridge Capital and Triple J Enterprises, silver sponsors; the governor's office, TSL Foundation, CNMI Census 2020, the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force, IT&E, Commonwealth Utilities Corporation, the Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation, Northern Marianas College, Star Marianas, Joeten Enterprises, Triple B Forwarders and the Commonwealth Ports Authority.

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